July/August, 2016

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

If you've been to a few of the more recent bees you may  remember a homework option for volunteers to cut scraps into designated sizes that could be used to put kits together.  Several volunteers stepped forward to take on the task.  The result of their efforts were lots and lots of precut pieces that could then be used up instead of being stored in a closet.

4 1/2" squares

and

4 1/2 x 8 1/2 bricks

5 1/2"squares

and

5 1/2 x 10 1/2 bricks

8 1/2" squares

 

The next step was to get them all sorted in to themes and colors so the kits and eventual finished quilts will look planned.  A couple of gals came over and we got the hundreds and hundreds of pieces organized in preparation for making kits.

Finally it was time to put the kits together.  Seven of us spent a day doing just that.  What's better than spending the day touching lots of fabric,  playing with a bunch eye candy colors and enjoying laughter with good company.  


This table space was 12 feet long and only held the 4 1/2" squares and bricks.

The result of all that FUN was 96 kits!

That's a whole lotta scrap quilts to keep our fingers busy, eyes happy, and hearts full.

Thank's to all the volunteers who made this possible.

 

 For several years members of the Peace by Piece Quilters have participated in the very special project of making comfort beds for dogs and cats being housed in shelters awaiting a forever home.

If memory serves me correctly, our current pet bed mom, Deanne, is the fourth person within our group to take on the task of making shelter beds. The volunteers that step up to do this always come forward without being asked.  It is a love and compassion for animals that drives them to do it.

Quilters can't bare to throw out even the smallest piece of fabric if it can possible be used for another project.  So a perfect marriage happens between the pet bed mom who needs lots of scraps and the quilting community who need a project for their scraps.  The only problem in the marriage is there are a lot more quilters than there are pet bed moms, so mom becomes overwhelmed with scraps.

At the last Peace by Piece Quilters bee a solution was born.  Deanne made a pile of pet bed covers and volunteers took them home to be used as "bags" for their scraps.

When the volunteers bags are full of scraps they sew them shut and bring it to the bee.  Mom will take them to the animal shelter where they are much appreciated.

If you are interested in this project you can participate in three ways.  You can make a bed cover and fill it with your scraps.  You can obtain a bed cover at the bee, take it home, fill it and return it to the bee, or you can bring your scraps to the bee in some sort of disposable bag and Deanne will turn it into a bed.

Please note: if you are going to fill a bag PLEASE obtain a guidelines sheet from the bee BEFORE filling your bag.

 

 

           BEE REPORT 

 

 

 

During the June bee...    

~ We completed 39 quilts!
~
 34 tops were sewn together.
~ The raffle items raised $80.

What you'll find at the August bee...

~ The kit-kit supply is stocked with a variety of patterns and fabrics just waiting for some quality time with rotary wielding volunteers.
~ The kit basket has kits of all kinds for your sewing and visual pleasure.
~ There is a stack of quilts layered and ready for quilting/tying.
~ Several quilts are ready for binding and labels.
~ There are currently 105 tops in the Piece by Peace closet waiting to be quilted/tied.

 

DUKE'S CORNER   

 

  

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a nice month off/vacation despite the triple digit temps.  Mom has had some health issues and will not be able to come to the August bee so will not be able accept and pet bed stuff.  She is hoping to be her ol' self again by the September get together. 

   

QUOTES

Muhammad Ali
1942-2016

 

Wars of nations are fought to change maps.
But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

Service to others is the rent you pay
for your room here on earth.

The man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develope the talent I was given.
I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.

 

 

JUST FOR GRINS

 

 

 

AZ BLANKETS 4 KIDS HAPPENINGS


The next AZB4K bee is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 8 at Chandler Police Department in Downtown Chandler.  October 8th is a tentative date, please check the AZB4K website for current bee info.  Visit their AZB4K website at azblankets4kids.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace By Piece Quilters

UPCOMING BEE

The next Peace by Piece Quilters bee will be held Thursday, August 4.  

There WILL BE a FREE table at the bee this month.  
We WILL NOT BE  accepting pet beds/scraps this month.

If you have any comments, suggestions or request just click on the smiley quilter below to send me an email.

 Let whatever you do today be enough.

  ~Wanda Dix~